1822 - 1892
EVE DOPE IL PECCATO (EVE AFTER THE FALL)
signed and dated: EQ. SCIPIO. TADOLINI. ROMAE. 1867
59 by 43cm., 23¼ by 16⅞in.
Overall the condition of the marble is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is minor natural veining to the marble consistent with the material. There is a splash of paint to the face. There is particular dirt to the base and dirt elsewhere. The marble would benefit from a professional light clean. The proper left big toe is lost. There are minor naturally occurring inclusions.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.
Emerging as one of the leading sculptors in Rome in the 19th century, Scipione Tadolini was the eldest son and heir of Antonio Canova's principal studio assistant, Adamo Tadolini. It is no surprise that Tadolini was influenced and inspired by the idealised statuary established by Canova, and this is visible especially in his treatment of the marble. The present sculpture, depicting Eve after the Fall, is one of Tadolini’s most renowned models, conveived in 1866 at a time when Scipione was approaching the height of his career. It ranks, together with his Greek Slave (lot 47 in this sale), as one of the sculptor's most celebrated and successful models.
T. F. Hufschmidt, Tadolini: Adamo, Scipione, Giulio, Enrico: Quattro generazioni di scultori a Roma nei secoli XIX e XX, Rome, 1996, pp. 202-206; A. Panzetta, Nuovo dizionario degli scultori Italiani dell'ottocento e del primo novecento, Turin, 2003, pp. 900-901